Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe will only be shipping on Monday Dec 22nd and Tuesday Dec 23rd of next week, and then we're going on holiday, so get your orders in by Monday. :) All orders placed between Dec 24th-28th will be shipped on Monday December 29th.
Thanks to everyone who has ordered, and Happy Holidays! :)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Just a quick reminder that this is the last weekend to order your Jayne hat or buttons in order to receive them in time for the holidays! Of course, my fellow Canadians still have a couple extra days left. ;)
I will still be knitting and taking orders, so no worries to those of you ordering non-holiday items.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
There are four fabulous designs perfect for any Browncoat: Blue Sun, Serenity, The Fruity Oaty girls, and the Independent Patch. And for the month of December you can get a set of all four tattoo designs with any purchase from Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe! Just enter the code "Firefly Cargo Bay" in the notes to seller when checking out and you can take home these shiny tatts:
And of course you need to see all the other shiny wares that Earthgirl has in her Cargo Bay! I don't think a finer collection of 'verse wares have ever been together in one place at the same time! Independent flags, black-market beagles, Badger hats, Kaylee-esque parasols, terrifying space monkies.... this stash has got it all! And if you hurry you can get it all in time for the holidays for that special Browncoat on your Christmas list!
Much love, and stay shiny,
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Expedited within Canada: Dec 12th-22nd (depends on location, if you're in a remote community, or outside of Ontario, err on the side of caution)
Airmail to the USA: Dec 9th
Airmail to the UK & Europe: Dec 8th
Airmail to Australia: Dec 8th
Airmail to Everywhere else: Dec 1st-8th (depending on your country)
With that said, of course I will still be knitting and shipping Jayne hats after these dates, so if you're not worried about getting them in time for the holidays, then just ignore my frantic worrying. ;)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thanks to greg for letting me borrow this one! :) I love to see happy Browncoats in Jayne hats!
The hats have been flying right out of my hands this past week, and I think there will be a couple more crazy weeks of Christmas shoppers before it gets to be too late to ship in time for the holidays. I'm trying to take it all in stride. Despite being the busiest that I have ever been, I am having quite a good time running around like a crazy person. My local postal workers have come accustomed to seeing me everyday at the post office, and they all know what is in my little boxes and envelopes. I am "the hat girl". Heehee. Nothin' wrong with that. :)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Things have been bustling around here! I'm fair certain that the Christmas shopping season is in full-swing here on the cortex... or at least at my little shoppe. I'm not nearly as prepared as I wanted to be, but I think that's only because I have underestimated just how busy things can get. But I am wholly enjoying the busy-ness (business? lol). And I'm not frantic... yet. Also: I am so grateful for early Christmas shoppers! Thank you all!
So a couple of little milestones happened this week. First of all I wore out my first pair of knitting needles! Well, okay, it's not like they're completely worn down to the nubs or anything, but they got a couple little cracks and started splitting a bit and kept catching the yarn, kind of like a hang-nail. My diy patch-job with pink nailpolish really wasn't cutting it, so I decided that with 300+ Jayne hats under their belts, it was probably time to retire my much-loved needles.
Which brings me to my second milestone: 300 Jayne hats! Yes folks, that's right! I have passed the 300 mark! There are over 300 Browncoats walking around in the world wearing one of my cunning knit Jayne hats! Well maybe they're not wearing them right this minute, but... you get my point. The number isn't completely accurate, as I didn't start keeping track until sometime in 2005 when I started selling them (at that point I had already knit a good little number for friends and local Browncoats).
Anyway, I thought that was an interesting tidbit, for those who like to keep track. It's funny, but 300 seems simultaneously like soooo many, and yet not that many at all. Is that weird? I've been doing this for awhile now, and yet I can't even imagine what all those hats would look like if, say, they all got together to hang out, or something... But then again, maybe my sleepiness is making my brain-pan a little whimsical. So perhaps I will turn in for the evening.
See you in the world,
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Speaking of Christmas, I've been meaning to post the Suggested Mailing dates for the 2008 holiday season. Unfortunately Canada Post is being a bit cagey, and they're not posting the dates for packages that are being sent to the US via Small Packet Air, which of course is my main shipping method. They're also not giving dates for Expedited within Canada (my second most frequent shipping method). This is so frustrating! Sometimes I just don't understand Canada Post. And going to the Post Office every day, I've heard much the same thing from my Postal Workers! Anyway, the following are the best guesses that we could come up with:
Expedited within Canada: Dec 12th-22nd (depending on location, if you're in a remote community, or not in Southwestern Ontario, err on the side of caution)
Airmail to the US: Dec 8th-9th
Airmail to the UK & Europe: Dec 8th
Airmail to Australia: Dec 8th
Airmail to Everywhere else: Dec 1st-8th (depending on your country)
As I've stated, these are just our best guesses, and should make it on time. I suggest ordering early in order to guarantee your package gets to you before the holidays. If you miss these dates, or it's close and you want it guaranteed to reach you on time, these quicker (and more expensive methods) are also an option. Just email or write a note to me while checking out and I can upgrade you and send you a paypal invoice for the extra shipping:
Xpresspost to the US: Dec 15th (approx. $20 for shipping depending on location)
Xpresspost within Canada: Dec 22nd (approx. $20 for shipping depending on location)
Xpresspost to Europe, Australia, & Everywhere Else: Dec 12th (approx $32-$55, depending on location! Quite pricey!)
So, there's good news in there, and there's bad news. I wish that I could control the Post, but sadly I am just a little Jayne-hat-knitter, and I can only bend to the whim of Canada Post. Please let me know if you have any questions whatsoever, and I'll do my best to answer them (or find out from my trusty Postal Workers).
Stay shiny, and order early!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
:::Please note: Nov 1st-Nov 2nd 2008 Ma Cobb will be going on a little trip to visit her boy Jayne on Serenity and will be away from the Cortex! Any convos/emails or orders received probably won't be responded to until Monday November 3rd. Rest assured that all orders placed over the weekend will still be shipped promptly on Monday as usual:::
Anyone cashing in on November's free give-away will still be able to do so over the weekend. I will confirm all orders, and respond to all convos on Monday, once I get back to the world.
Thank you all for your patience! :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So here are a few pictures of hats that have been claimed by their future owners! They are all ready to ship out and go live new and exciting little lives with their new and shiny owners! If you look closely you can tell how happy they are to be the chosen ones (wait... wrong show)! You can even tell through the cardboardy boxes that they're in.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe has decided to join the world of twitter! You can find Ma Cobb at http://twitter.com/MaCobbsHatShop. Yay! Isn't new technology fun? Hehe, I feel so old! Please come find me, as I don't have any 'friends' yet, and I want to know what you're doing! :)
See you on twitter!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Now someone tell me how the heck I'm going to get through work today without just floating right out of my little cubicle? Hee! :)
Monday, October 13, 2008
I plan to update semi-regularly, and I think that once I get everything figured out I'm going to start a monthly contest to win fun prizes and products from Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe! So be sure and stay tuned to the updates and you can have a chance at winning some of my very fine pretties!!
Thanks, and stay shiny!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I went to one of my favourite conventions this summer: Fan Expo in Toronto, and besides seeing some very awesome special guests (Renee O'Connor, Kristy Swanson, Brent Spiner, Edward James Olmos (from afar) and The Fonze! to name a few), I also came across this little booth that was making Super Hero Cards.
So I present to you: Ma Cobb: Super Hero!
So, okay this one I wasn't very prepared for, so it's not my favourite. Although I guess I'm somewhat "known" as a Jayne hat Knitter in the TO area, well... it doesn't exactly go with the theme now, does it? Plus the girl made me wear this creepy mask which wasn't very Ma-Cobb-esque. So I went back with a friend later on in the weekend and I got this one done up:
This one's a bit more flattering, in my opinion, and I like that my power is that I "knit VERY fast". Hee hee. If you knew how many Jayne hats I've knit in the past month alone, you'd probably start to wonder if maybe I'm not specially gifted somehow. I'm waiting for Heroes to introduce a character with my ability. But alas, perhaps knitting is a bit too mundane for prime-time television. It might come in handy though, if your name is Ma Cobb...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Mostly I've been busy shipping hats, which involves the very fun "trip to the post office." It seems like in the past month every time I stop by the post office after work there's a line. All summer long it was like a ghost-town, but now it's starting to pick up. It makes me wonder if people are getting ready for xmas already. And that scares me a bit, cuz I know I said I like to be prepared, but I feel like I'm falling behind already. Like I should have dozens of hats knit up and waiting for the rush that is sure to come. Maybe I'm being paranoid (it's entirely possible).
So I decided that I need to step up my hat-production. Which sadly, sigh, means more TV watching (Pushing Daisies starts tonight! I can't wait! But I guess I've already missed Chuck. Oh well). 'Tis the season, as they say. So if you need me, I'll be on the couch, staring at the boob-tube, anticipating xmas.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
So buttons are the newest addition to my shop. After many many years (I'm talking since high school here! Yeah, that long) of wanting a 1" button machine, I finally decided last month that I'd been a good little girl, and that I deserved to use a chunk of my savings and invest in a new machine. "It will completely pay for itself after time" I rationalized to myself. So I jumped on the good old inter-web and found the best deal I could, which happened to be on ebay (surprise!). You would not believe how excited I was. I waited by the mailbox daily, and it finally showed up in all its 9-pound glory (just like a little baby, awww!), with parts enough to make 1000 1" buttons! I absolutely love my button machine, and I've been dutifully pumping out buttons ever since. Again, it's a repetitive and calming sort of action, which I can appreciate after a long day of working at my repetitive but not so calming job.
Anyway, the buttons are a breeze to make, but what's a little more difficult for me is coming up with designs, especially on my antiquated computer program (anyone else still using Microsoft PictureIt! ? No, just me? *sigh*). But I've managed to come up with a few Browncoaty ideas that have not been half bad, imho. (ie the above six buttons which can be found in my shop here). And I think that I've still got a few good ideas coming along, just in time for the holiday season (hey, buttons make great stocking-stuffers, am I right?).
So after designing and making the buttons, I'd been struggling with how to package them. And these little babies are what I came up with: they're kind of like matchbooks, but instead of matches, it's a page full of buttons! Yay! Quite ingenious, if I do say so myself. But I can't take all the credit; I actually got the idea from a pack of MOO stickers that I bought awhile back! And even more marvelous was the fact that I actually figured out how to fold the paper in just the right way on my first try.
terbearco) and stamp them all over with Serenity and Firefly and Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe. And Ta-Da! There it is folks: the newest addition to Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe! Button Packs! Please enjoy!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
People probably think I'm crazy to start thinking about Christmas already, but I would always rather be well-prepared then run around doing the scrambling thing. As a favourite character on Dead Like Me once said (and I'm paraphrasing here): "I'm always early for everything so I never have to run. People who run look stupid." "What about runners?" "Especially runners." So yeah, my thoughts exactly, Daisy Adair. ;)
So to prepare for the holidays, today I made about a million little tags, and stamped all my address labels. It was calming repetitive work, and maybe I'm crazy for liking that, but it's just what I enjoy. I think I'm just procrastinating because I should be knitting a Jayne hats "just in case" I start getting an influx of Jayne hat orders. but heck, I don't want to be too optimistic.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Is it September already? Quick little update to let everyone know that Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe has buttons now! Yes, those cute little 1" pin-back buttons are now for sale at Ma Cobb's Etsy.com site: fadingendlessly.etsy.com. So come check out all the shiny little buttons, and buy one for yourself, or buy a set for yourself. Or buy a few sets for you and your Browncoat friends! They are only available at Ma Cobb's etsy Shoppe. Great little stocking stuffers for the holiday season that is just around the corner. Oh man, did I just mention Christmas when it's still September? Somebody throw me out the airlock...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Ma Cobb's hats were a hit at Polaris in Toronto last weekend, where they could be found at the Firefly Cargo Bay table in the dealer's room. They were sold out by Saturday!! You'll also be able to find my hats at Dragon*Con in Atlanta this year, just keep your eye out for the Independent flag, and you'll find Firefly Cargo Bay's stash of awesome 'versy goodness (including my Jayne hats, and brand new mini Jayne hats)!
And last but not least, my little etsy.com shop is coming along quite well! so check it out at www.fadingendlessly.etsy.com and watch out for new shinies on the way!
Thanks again Ma Cobb flans!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
***Update on Can't Stop the Serenity***
The Toronto Browncoats held the annual Can't Stop The Serenity Screening on Saturday June 21st, and I am very happy to say that the Jayne hats donated by Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe raised a total of over $250 for the charity auction for Equality Now!
That is so shiny!
And the totals are finally in! they're still a bit preliminary, but it's lookin' like we've raised a whopping :::$6,560.00!::: at the Toronto Screening for Equality Now this year! That's even more money raised than last year! And even more tickets sold! This thing just keeps getting bigger! I am so proud to be part of such an awesome crowd of Browncoats!
I just wanted to say a big huge thank-you to everyone who was involved with Can't Stop the Serenity this year, not just in Toronto, but all over the world! Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, donaters and even those who bought tickets, t-shirts, and swag! Without all of you we couldn't be as mighty as we are (and we are!). So thank you all!
Much love, and stay shiny!
angela aka "Ma Cobb"
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Well, things certainly have been happening here at Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe, and I haven't had the time to update! I've been working on some very exciting new surprise goodies to send along with every hat order! I won't give it away, but lets just say my packages are looking more and more authentic these days! And all my hats will now be accompanied by some very exciting 'verse-related swag! No, there won't be any black market beagles in there, or wobbly-headed geisha dolls, but I assure you that if you are a Browncoat, you will be excited! So go ahead and order a Jayne hat, and see what you might get! :)
In other news, the Toronto gang of Browncoats are busily organizing this year's Can't Stop The Serenity screening, and you're invited! Ma Cobb herself will be donating hats for the cause. Even if you're not in the Toronto area you can support Equality Now by attending a screening in your area! Check out Can't Stop The Serenity to find an event near you! There is so much great stuff to be won folks! You really don't want to miss it! Alright, last but not least, I have also opened up a shop on etsy.com, which is website for all things artsy & craftsy & handmade. You can check me out at fadingendlessly.etsy.com to see all my 'verse and non-verse related items. I will still be selling hats at www.geocities.com/fadingendlessly, but I just thought I'd branch out a bit and share my other crafts to them that need them. So please feel free to take a look around, and let me know what you think! Also, please join the Ma Cobb group over on facebook! Ma Cobb would love to have you!
Well, I think that's all for now. Please come out and join your fellow Browncoats for Can't Stop the Serenity screenings at the end of June! It's all for a good cause!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Another quick update to let you know that the Can't Stop The Serenity charity drive is in full swing, and my Jayne hats, among many other pretties, are involved!
Cedric of the Bedlam Bards is auctioning himself off for Equality Now... well... he's actually auctioning off a performance at the charity screening of the winner's choice. Check it out on ebay. as if that wasn't shiny enough for you, he also has a number of other 'verse goodies that will go to the winner including an independent flag from Firefly Cargo Bay and a Jayne hat from yours truly! The money raised goes to the Serenity Charity Screening of the winner's choice to raise money for Equality Now! This year's screenings are already looking to be a shindiggy good time!
And of course there is a lot of planning going on to get those Serenity charity screenings up and running, so be sure to check out your local screening once June rolls around and support your fellow Browncoats, as well as a worthwhile charity!
And now, for some non-screening-related news: I have updated the gallery on Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe and added a link to a newly created Guestbook, so if you've bought one of my hats in the past and would like to praise it for all to see, please sign the guestbook!
And for those of you on Facebook, please join the Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe group! Just do a search for Ma Cobb, and you should find me!
Love, Ma Cobb
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I just thought I'd pop by again and let everyone know that it looks as if the Toronto "Can't Stop the Serenity" Charity Screening is GO for 2008! The date and details haven't quite been set in stone as of yet, but it should be sometime around the 23rd of June 2008 (Joss's birthday, and the anniversary of the Serenity pre-screenings). I'll keep ya'll posted once the date gets closer. And of course you can always check the link above for more details as well.
Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe will be donating a few hats to the cause again this year, and it looks like it's going to be quite a shiny shindig indeed, with many great door prizes, an auction, goodies, and more! So if you're in the Toronto area, please come and join in the fun! All funds raised will be donated to a worthwhile charity: Equality Now!
And don't forget to tune into Space: The Imagination Station this afternoon at 5:30 to catch a glimpse of Ma Cobb's Hat Shoppe. or if you miss that, it airs again tomorrow at 8:30am and 4:30pm.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
And in other shiny news: apparently Natasha Eloi of Space: The Imagination Station (a cable sci-fi station here in Canada) is doing a story on "geek craft" and wants to include me and my Jayne hats! Some of you may remember my brief stint in Canadian-Browncoat-infamy a couple years back when Space ran an interview I did about the hats and the Serenity fan-table the Canadian Browncoats had at SFX. Well, that footage has been dredged up from the Space archives to make a few return broadcasts! So if you live in Canada and you want to see me geek out (again) on-air tune into Space this Saturday January 19th at 5:30 pm and this Sunday January 20th at 8:30 am and 4:30 pm! "It's gonna be shiny!" ;)
And for those of you who would like to re-visit the old infamous Ma Cobb spot on Space, well then here it is for you, in all its glory:
Yes, that is me, the geek in the Jayne hat. And yes, they got my name wrong, but what can you do. And with that, I shall leave you!